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The year is almost over, but it’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation for 2013.
(Thanks to Instagrammer Jim Perdue @jimsiphone)
The year is almost over, but it’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation for 2013. Your gift to our Fund for the Animals helps support our animals, exhibits and conservation efforts.
By Jim Covel, Director of Guest Experience & Interpretation
David and Lucile Packard intended the Monterey Bay Aquarium to be a gift to the community. However, I’m not sure even the Packards would have envisioned the reach and significance of that gift today. The Aquarium recently released a report detailing some of the indicators of our contribution to the community, including:
- Adding over $385 million to the local economy each year
- Educating 2.1-million school children that have visited the Aquarium free of charge over the past 29 years, plus 20,000 teachers that have participated in free professional development workshops to help bring marine science alive in the classroom
- Inviting 700,000 guests to the Aquarium free of charge since 2002 through our annual “Community Week” and special programs with community organizations and local libraries
- Employing over 500 full- and part-time staff members
Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
Beyond the impact on humans, we could also consider our work with animals, with over more than 650 injured or orphaned sea otters that have come to the Aquarium; or the dozens of hatchling or injured shorebirds and seabirds that have come our way.
These metrics would certainly be one way to describe how extensive this Aquarium gift has become to the community. However, I also see this gift reflected in the smiles, the inquisitive looks on the thousands of faces—young and old alike—that we greet each day. Perhaps the real meaning of the Aquarium is written on those faces. A generation has grown up in the Aquarium and now brings their children to marvel at the marine life that enchanted their parents. Over 52 million visitors know more about the ocean—and care more—by virtue of their exposure to our exhibits and programs.
Volunteers: We Couldn’t Do It Without Them
While the Packard family certainly deserves credit for launching the Aquarium, a multitude of others have contributed to our enduring success. Over 5,000 volunteers have contributed hundreds of thousands of hours over the past 30 years. Over 60,000 member households, along with donors and sponsors at all levels help underwrite our education and conservation programs. Since that original gift in 1984, a growing community has formed to support the Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the oceans. That community of ocean stewards now stretches across multiple generations, and may ultimately be the greatest and most enduring gift of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
If you are reading this, you are most likely part of that community that connects with the Aquarium. You are part of that gift that David and Lucile Packard set in motion in 1984, and your interest in taking care of our oceans is a gift in itself. Thank you for being a part of our growing success. Thank you for ensuring the Monterey Bay Aquarium remains an enduring gift for future generations.
Did you know that it’s #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back to charities and nonprofits? Support our exhibits, conservation efforts and animal rescue by donating to the Fund for the Animals.
Are you this enthusiastic for your leftovers today? Help keep our otters happy and well-fed this #GivingTuesday: a national day of giving back to global charities and nonprofits.
Our crazy cuttlefish egg bubbler may have been made from household items for $2.50, but most of our animal care efforts cost a great deal more than that! How much more? Find out and help us by donating to our Fund for the Animals.
How do you do? Did you know that some of our rescued otters go to good homes around the country, like Sina, now at SeaWorld San Diego? (©Monterey Bay Aquarium, photo by Luke Miller)
We couldn’t do it without them! Did you know that more than 1,200 volunteers logged more than 160,000 hours last year? That includes 83 people working in Sea Otter Research and Conservation.
You can see yellowfin and bluefin tuna in our Open Sea exhibit, but did you know that next door we work with Stanford University to study and help save these prized and threatened animals?
Forget about “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” and get in to “Giving Tuesday” – a national day of giving! Learn how 200 charities, universities, individuals and businesses are changing the way Americans think about giving.